Winning over prospective employers is something of a challenge for many candidates. We are often met with conflicting advice – all of which stands true. It’s ‘be yourself’ versus ‘be a certain way’ and confusing to say the least.
The fact of the matter is that a genuine person is always going to be more attractive in just about any situation. But there are still particular qualities that employers look for in candidates whose credentials are hard to differentiate between on paper.
Willingness to Learn
Strong candidates are people who demonstrate a keen interest in developing themselves both professionally and personally. They are opportunists who say yes to training initiatives as well as self-motivated learning.
Very few jobs actually stay true to their original spec – especially when an organisation is going through a period of change. Employers want candidates who are flexible in their approach to work as well as their mindset as a whole.
It may sound like a cliché but positivity really does breed positivity, and is a universally sought out quality in many situations. A positive candidate is far more pleasurable to be around and likely to be more productive too. Their energy is good for clients, colleagues and customers alike.
Hard working doesn’t necessarily mean clocking as many hours as possible but rather being highly productive and dedicated to the task in hand. Employers want candidates who aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty from time to time.
It’s not enough to be qualified and likeable. Employers need staff to turn up on time, to respond to their emails, to attend their arranged meetings and to be happy to help out when the situation arises. Reliability is an important quality.
Even the most isolated job roles are still integral to a bigger entity: the organisation. Employers look for candidates who interact well with others and whose egos don’t hinder productivity or disrupt the harmony of an environment.
Successful candidates not only work well in a team but also on their own. They can be trusted to organise their workload, manage their time and use their initiative to be as effective as possible.
There is a difference between confidence and arrogance – the former being what employers are after. Candidates exuding a healthy level of self-assurance will come across as highly capable and magnetic, which is incredibly good for business. Confidence also comes in asking questions and not being afraid to speak up when something isn’t right.
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